Some Die Eloquent
Catherine Aird
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Some Die Eloquent (Inspector Sloan #8)

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As the doctor said, it's not so important what Miss Wansdyke died from as to whom she left a quarter of a million in pounds. Inspector Sloan agrees.
Published June 1981 by Bantam Books (first published 1979)
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Mar 11, 2009 Cindy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery fans
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It wasn't so much how Beatrice Wansdyke died that was the trouble - it was what she had when she died. £250,000 - which I calculated to be worth $1.2 million today. So what was a quiet, elderly schoolteacher doing with that kind of money? Her lifestyle didn't reflect a taste for the good life. She lived in a modest home in a quiet suburb that the police describe in the most glowing terms - "no trouble, even on Saturday nights!"

So when the medical examiner finds a few suspicious indications, he i...more
Nancy Oakes
As this, the 8th installment opens, a schoolteacher has died, apparently of natural causes. So why are the police interested? It turns out that there is something along the order of a small fortune in her bank account that no one can account for. Sloan gets called into the case but is somewhat preoccupied with the imminent birth of his first child.

This one had a much better resolution than the last few; by that I mean that the denouement was not as sudden or abrupt, and you can really follow th...more
When you are waiting on the latest Laura Lippman to arrive by mail and the newest Anne Perry to come off the library hold list, it is nice to have classic Catherine Aird available to read. These rather old-fashioned British police procedurals are certainly a lot less complex than Ruth Rendell or Elizabeth George but they make good, quick reads with a nice little puzzle that you can usually solve. This one was no exception--though I am still puzzled as to the meaning or significance of the title....more
A former chemistry teacher is found dead of diabetes. The police are intrigued when they discover her estate of 250,000 pounds. How did she acquire so much money and was her death from natural causes as it seemed?
Very enjoyable - one of the things I liked about it best was that the police were not even sure it was a murder for most of the book!
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Catherine Aird (born 1930) is the pseudonym of author Kinn Hamilton McIntosh. She was born in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, and is the author of more than twenty crime fiction novels and story collections. Her writings are similar to those of Vivien Armstrong, M C Beaton and Pauline Bell.

Aird is creator of the Sloan and Crosby novels, set in the CID department of the fictional Berebury, West Calleshire...more
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